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100th Anniversary

We are Bahá'ís - members of the Bahá'í Faith, the second most widespread of the world's independent religions, established in 235 countries and territories throughout the world. We come from over 2,100 ethnic, racial, and tribal groups and number some 5 million worldwide.

August 30 through to September 9 of 1912 marks the period of time that 'Abdu'l-Baha visited Montreal, Canada on his historic travels to Europe and North America from 1911 to 1913. The Baha'i community of Montreal arranged 'Abdu'l-Baha's itinerary at that time, so that He was able to give talks over these eleven days to thousands of people at many churches and other venues, with much media coverage in Montreal's newspapers and magazines. Afterwards He travelled by train through Toronto on His way to a number of cities in the United States of America. The Baha'i community of Canada wishes to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 'Abdu'-Baha's historic visit here with numerous events suitable to the precious memory of that special time.

'Abdu'l-Baha's Prayers revealed for Canada nearly a hundred years ago:

"Praise be to Thee, O my God! These are Thy servants who are attracted by the fragrances of Thy mercifulness, are enkindled by the fire burning in the tree of Thy singleness, and whose eyes are brightened by beholding the splendors of the light shining in the Sinai of Thy oneness. O Lord! Loose their tongues to make mention of Thee amongst Thy people, suffer them to speak forth Thy praise through Thy grace and loving-kindness, assist them with the cohorts of Thine angels, strengthen their loins in Thy service, and make them the signs of Thy guidance amongst Thy creatures. Verily, Thou art the All-Powerful, the Most Exalted, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Merciful."

"O God, my God! Thou beholdest this weak one begging for celestial strength, this poor one craving Thy heavenly treasures, this thirsty one longing for the fountain of eternal life, this afflicted one yearning for Thy promised healing through Thy boundless mercy which Thou hast destined for Thy chosen servants in Thy kingdom on high. O Lord! I have no helper save Thee, no shelter besides Thee, and no sustainer except Thee. Assist me with Thine angels to diffuse Thy holy fragrances and to spread abroad Thy teachings amongst the choicest of Thy people. O my Lord! Suffer me to be detached from aught else save Thee, to hold fast to the hem of Thy bounty, to be wholly devoted to Thy Faith, to remain fast and firm in Thy love and to observe what Thou hast prescribed in Thy Book. Verily, Thou art the Powerful, the Mighty, the Omnipotent."

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